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How To Test For An Obstruction In The Colon
Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more
Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?
Usual 2 bm a day. 1st decently formed 2nd loose/watery. Bits of mucus attached to stool. Fbc normal. Stool test for parasites negative. Colon cancer?
Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for colorectal ca screening. Flexible sigmoidoscopy plus a barium enema are a less expensive alternative. Recently, special cat scans have been used as a less invasive screening alternative, however, if an abnormality is seen, colonoscopy is then necessary. ...Read more
Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more
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Perhaps: Please check with your local public health authority. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes a cat scan will be able to see a mass in the colon or rectum but it is not a good test for screening for colorectal cancer. There is a specialized type of ct scan that creates a virtual image of the inside of the colon that is sometimes used when a patient is not a good candidate for a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Trained pathologists: Can examine cells microscopically with various stains. Examination of biopsies, if indicated, is much more reliable. So called "colonic cell analysis" by fringe, non-physian practioners, is quackery. They often try to disparage legitimate physicians and quote wonderful results achieved by their patients. Any true success would be coincidence & in spite of any treatment undertaken. Beware! ...Read more
What types of doctors can perform colonic cell analysis in order to screen for colorectal cancer?
Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain
Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more
Surgery ussually: Colon obstruction can be caused by benign conditions (diverticulitis, volvulus or twisting, constipation, inflamatory bowel didease) or cancer. Sometimes medications or minor procedures can help (atleast temporarily), surgery is usually required for majority of causes, especially when cancer is associated. ...Read more
Yes: But more difficult to place then descending, sigmoid, or rectum. ...Read more
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